Mango growers complain a bad season this year

May 24th, 2009 - 10:45 pm ICT by ANI  

Pune, May 24 (ANI): Following a low mango production and poor sales, the mango growers and traders in Maharashtra are a disappointed lot this year.

Vagaries of weather gods such as untimely rains and odd climatic conditions in the mango growing regions of Maharashtra have badly affected the orchard owners and other growers.

Sales have hit the nadir with even local customers hesitating to buy mangoes citing heavy prices being the reason.

In Pune, traders complained to have suffered losses of around rupees five to six million rupees (105,898 to 127,078 US dollars).

Reportedly, the mango production is below than average this year and in turn the shortage of mangoes in the market has shot up the prices.

“As compared to last year, it was less production this year. There were lesser goods in the market yard and also people are not buying mangoes much this year,” said Shivalal Bhosle, President Market Yard Merchants Association, Pune.

Besides,lovers of the delicious fruit complained that since the beginning of the mango season the prices of the mangoes have not come down.

“Prices of the mangoes are still high. The mango season is from April till May end but through out the season prices of mangoes were same,” said Sujit, a mango lover.

Many customers also rue the fact that several varieties of mangoes are yet to reach the market whereas the season is all set to end.

Traders also fear that with the beginning of the monsoon early this year, it will further affect sales of mangoes in the market. (ANI)

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